Red Bank, NJ (Oct. 14, 2019) – Red Bank children will have opportunities to develop swim skills at the YMCA and explore science, acting and other enriching after-school activities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation with proceeds from the Red Bank Classic 5K.

Representatives from the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter, organizers of the Red Bank Classic charity run, recently presented checks of $10,000 each to both the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation and Red Bank Family YMCA to support programs that foster youth development.

“The Red Bank Classic 5K is proud to provide $20,000 to give Red Bank youth access to a water safety program and a variety of creative and academic activities during critical out-of-school times,” said Angela Courtney, of the Red Bank Business Alliance and owner of Sweetest Sin Boutique on White Street.

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Charlie Hoffmann, director of Parks and Recreation, said the donation from the Red Bank Classic will support after-school activities and evening workshops for children “to learn and enjoy exciting subject matter in a hands-on atmosphere.” The free and low-cost activities range from creative writing and art to sports broadcasting and fashion.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Red Bank Classic 5K for their generosity and support,” Hoffmann said. “The donation directly impacts the lives of Red Bank families.”

The donation to the Y will support the Third Grade Swim Program, which takes place in late spring at the Red Bank Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County. President and CEO Laurie Goganzer explained that all third graders at Red Bank Primary and Red Bank Charter schools will participate in a water safety seminar and take four swim lessons at the Y to develop life-saving swim skills.

“Keeping children safe in and around water is one of the Y’s highest priorities,” Goganzer said. “We are thankful for the support from the Red Bank Classic to provide invaluable water safety and swim lessons to all third graders in Red Bank.”

The second installment of the Red Bank Classic, which took place on June 15, was a great success with more than 1,500 runners, 80 businesses, 15 sponsors and 60 volunteers, said James Scavone, executive director of RiverCenter, which manages the borough of Red Bank’s Special Improvement District.

“The 5K brought the Red Bank community together for a day of good health that that will have long-lasting benefits for the children of Red Bank,” Scavone said.

The third Red Bank Classic 5K will take place on June 20, 2020. Early registration will open in November and be available online at www.redbankclassic.com.

For more information on the race, visit the Web site or e-mail info@redbankclassic.com. For frequent updates, follow the Red Bank Classic 5K on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About the Red Bank Classic 5K
The Red Bank Classic 5K is a collaborative effort between the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter. The race debuted June 2018 in downtown Red Bank, fueled by a group of passionate business owners and community volunteers. In one year, the race grew from 1,000 runners to over 1,500 in 2019, making it one of the largest 5K races in Monmouth County. The community event is supported by scores of local businesses and volunteers. Proceeds from the race benefit youth programs at the Red Bank Family YMCA and the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information on the June 20, 2020 event, visit www.redbankclassic.com or e-mail info@redbankclassic.com.
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About the Red Bank Business Alliance
The Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA) is an alliance of Red Bank business owners founded with the purpose of enhancing the vibrancy of Red Bank as a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. The RBBA is an active and instrumental partner in the Community whose objective is to enrich the “Red Bank Experience.” We team with the Red Bank RiverCenter, the Red Bank Borough Council, and residents to make Red Bank everyone’s “First Choice” to work, shop, dine, play and reside.

About Red Bank RiverCenter
Red Bank RiverCenter is a 501c3 non-for-profit organization established in 1991 by an alliance of local businesses, property owners, residents, and other stakeholders to enhance and promote Red Bank’s downtown district as a mid-Atlantic destination for dining, shopping, and culture. Red Bank RiverCenter helms the city’s Special Improvement District to support the Red Bank business community by recruiting new businesses to town and helping them navigate the various start-up procedures, marketing and promoting the Red Bank business district and implementing capital improvement projects and beautification programs throughout the town. For more information, please visit: http://www.redbank.org.